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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton

Ponyboy Curtis is a good-natured teen who loves books and movies. He's also an orphan whose two older brothers and street-smart friends guard and protect him. Together these ragtag, working-class boys, known as "greasers" to the locals, try to make their way in the world, without privilege, supervision, or education.

But it isn't easy. A bunch of wealthy kids, called the "Socs, " target Ponyboy and his friends. They bully, mock, and ridicule the greasers. Until one night they push the greasers too far, and violence explodes. Now young Ponyboy has a decision to make: Does he run or does he stand his ground and try to find justice?

This realistic novel was written by a first-time teen author no older than the characters she depicted. The story remains as hard-hitting and important today as when it was published in 1967.

14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Puffin Books
Number of Pages

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag S. E. Hinton S.E. Hinton wrote classic coming of-age-stories that are read in schools throughout the country: The Outsiders, Tex, Rumblefish, and That Was Then, This is Now.

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